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Snow Leopard

Panthera uncia

Description:

After 3 days of stalking and a few unsuccessful attempts, the Snow Leopard finally made a kill of an adult Himalayan Ibex. Hunting in this treacherous habitat requires skill, persistence and lots of patience, some traits that these big cats are masters of. Missed watching the real action of the hunt just by a few minutes... but watching this elusive animal feed in clear view was definitely species!

Habitat:

Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary set up at an altitude of 3500-6000 Mts asl in the Himalayan range of Spiti.

Notes:

To avoid getting wet further in the cold stream that was flowing beneath the kill, the Leopard was actually sitting on the horns while it was feeding. Giving a decent understanding of the size difference between the predator and the prey.

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2 Comments

Zafar
Zafar 11 months ago

Fabulous! Thanks for bringing this to us and for the descriptive narration of events.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 11 months ago

Absolutely awesome. I am very thankful that you showed this such great spotting. Congratulations on the double.

Vipul Ramanuj
Spotted by
Vipul Ramanuj

Dhar Lama Chung Chung, Himachal Pradesh, India

Spotted on Feb 23, 2020
Submitted on Aug 9, 2020

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